ABOUT 2017-05-23T13:54:51+00:00

“The solutions are surprisingly bright. This site is a home for the best examples.

The bad news stops here

If you and I read the same news, we are both depressed. The oceans are filling with plastic, we are consuming too many resources…  you know the story, so let me tell a better one.

Stephane Arditi
Stephane ArditiCo-ordinator, Make Resources Count campaign

Yes our planet is facing tough resource problems, the focus of our political campaign in Brussels and Europe. But the bad news stops here. Because this site is a home for a rich tapestry of solutions that are fast gaining ground.

We face a future where technology helps us reconnect and share with our neighbours rather than retreat behind screens. Because why would you want to own one thing if you can share a hundred and make friends in the process? Our stuff will be ‘built to last’ again and super efficient too. The chances are you will soon lease a premium quality dishwasher or fridge for less than it costs to own an average one. We will get the toxic crap out of our product streams to massively increase the potential for recycling, repair and reinvention. And what manifesto could forget jobs these days? There will be jobs, skilled ones, robot-proof ones, millions of them here in Europe. In fact, before long the concept of waste will begin to feel a little old fashioned and mysterious.

The best news is that all this is already happening. This website is dedicated to highlighting that change, a testament to our bright waste-free future. The aim is to share the best ideas, to inspire. Who? You.

Make Resources Count is run by the European Environmental Bureau, Europe’s largest federation of environmental organisations. It focuses on influencing EU policymaking and implementation and assessment of its agreed policies. It aims to be effective by combining knowledge with representativeness, active involvement of its members and coalition building.

MAVA_logo_for_OfficeLOGO CE_Vertical_EN_quadri_LRThis campaign was made possible thanks to the financial support of the MAVA Foundation and the European Commission.

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RREUSE

RREUSE

RREUSE is a European umbrella for social enterprises with activities in reuse, repair and recycling and with both social and environmental objectives.

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Zero Waste Europe

Zero Waste Europe

Zero Waste Europe empowers communities to rethink their relationship with resources and operates both as a knowledge network and as an advocacy group.

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Repair Café

Repair Café

The Repair Café Foundation supports free repair meetings for and by civilians. The organisation represents 700 groups of local organisers in 18 countries.

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IFIXIT

IFIXIT

iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. Let’s fix the world, one device at a time. Repair saves money and the environment.

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ECOS

ECOS

ECOS is a non-profit organisation working to ensure that standards, product ecological policies and labelling schemes reflect social and environmental interests

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QCEA

QCEA

QCEA represents Quakers at the European level. Quakers believe that humanity does not own the Earth and as such we need to take care of it, and all its riches.

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